BOSTON – The Northeastern Huskies entered their Wednesday night Colonial Athletic Association matchup with the Hofstra Pride on the heels of great success from terrific game-planning by head coach Bill Coen and execution by the players. Throughout the beginning of this 2012-2013 season, the Huskies have known they are an undersized team, but have forced many turnovers and drained a lot of threes to win ball games. However, against the Pride, Northeastern was the bigger team, and took advantage, en route to a 65-60 victory.
Throughout the contest, the Huskies scored 30 points in the paint, constantly putting pressure on Hofstra’s limited big men. On the perimeter, Northeastern was able to continue draining jumpers from the outside, knocking down 8 three-pointers. When a team scores a combined 54 points in the paint and from deep, not too many teams are going to be able to compete with that level of production.
But the biggest storyline of this game has to be sophomore Quincy Ford’s dynamic performance. Ford made a career-high 11 field goals en route to his 24 points that really set the tone for the Huskies from the get go. In the first half, Ford had 10 points, with 6 of them coming from inside. A tweener guard/forward, Ford was able to use his tremendous guard skills and size to get around defenders and overpower them outside.
“I just wanted to play confident and be aggressive.” Ford said after the game.
The preseason All-CAA 2nd Team selection left the game with back cramps late in the second half but was still able to return. After the game, he told reporters that he is fine and will miss no time.
Entering the season, many doubted Northeastern’s depth as a team outside their starting five. But, they’ve been receiving plenty of contributions off the bench, and their reserves have been key to a lot of wins this season. Nothing differed in this contest, as Coen received solid efforts from Demetrius Pollard, Dinko Marshavelski and Marco Banegas-Flores. Pollard shot the ball extremely well and is now 10-15 from beyond the arc in CAA play. Marshavelski was huge, both literally and figuratively, adding 6 points of his own and a career-high 6 rebounds in just 16 minutes. Banegas-Flores only registered 3 minutes, but was very effective as the headman in the Huskies’ 1-2-2 three-quarter-court trap.
Northeastern (10-7, 5-0) is now the lone undefeated team in CAA play, but they know they still have room to improve. Are they the team to beat in the conference?
“It’s probably too early for that,” Coen testified. “Once everybody’s played everybody, that stuff will settle out.”
If the Huskies keep winning, he’ll have to admit it sooner or later.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.